Born Heather Sweet in West Branch, Michigan, Dita Von Teese grew up fascinated by the Golden Age of Cinema, pin-up imagery, and vintage lingerie. This naturally blond, mid-western girl then transformed herself into a glamour girl like those she admired. Performing striptease since 1992, she is the biggest name in burlesque since Gypsy Rose Lee and is credited with bringing the art form back in to the spotlight with a new sense of elegance and sophistication.Taking audiences on a journey into fantasy and spectacle, Dita is renowned for her ornate sets and dazzling haute-couture performance costumes adorned with hundreds of thousands of Swarovski crystals. This “Burlesque Superheroine” (Vanity Fair) is the performer of choice at high profile events including those for designers such as Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Chopard, and Cartier, and was the first guest star in history at Paris’ famed Crazy Horse (established in 1951) where she has performed several sold-out runs. In 2011, Dita brought burlesque to prime time television in the States when she appeared as a guest star on CSI and performed her classic Martini Glass show in an episode billed as “too hot to handle.”Dita is also currently touring her full-length revue, "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!" in association with Live Nation.